Kia kaha is a Māori phrase used by the people of New Zealand as an affirmation, meaning stay strong. The phrase has significant meaning for Māori: popularised through its usage by the 28th Māori Battalion during World War II, it is found in titles of books and songs, as well as a motto.
To me dearest fellow New Zealanders
If you are feeling frightened, anxious or depressed about the pandemic,
Those are perfectly natural & normal feelings because this is a frightening, anxious & depressing time!
If you are not feeling frightened, anxious or depressed, you are not paying attention,
This won’t last forever Comrades.
We WILL overcome.
We are the harvest of strong elders, our roots are with the mountains and our depth with the Southern Oceans.
Our forebears overcame adversity and universally paid the price of citizenship for the civilisation we have inherited.
There will be dark days dear friends, there will be enormous sorrow and there will be terrible pain.
But we will persevere and we will not disappear into the garden of midnight.
Stand strong brothers and sisters, lift your face to the Sun and plant your heels to the ground.
We shall overcome.
Kia Kaha Comrades.
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